November 15, 2019

Majority-owned U.S. affiliates (MOUSAs) of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) employed 7.4 million workers in the United States in 2017, a 2.8 percent increase from 7.2 million in 2016, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Employment by Majority-Owned U.S. Affiliates, 2017

Chart of Employment by Majority-Owned U.S. Affiliates 2017

Highlights of the statistics on MOUSAs in 2017:

  • MOUSAs accounted for 5.8 percent of total private-industry employment in the United States.
  • Current-dollar value added of MOUSAs, a measure of their direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), increased 8.3 percent to $1.0 trillion.
  • Expenditures for property, plant, and equipment by MOUSAs increased 2.2 percent to $258.6 billion.
  • Research and development (R&D) performed by MOUSAs increased 8.1 percent to $62.6 billion.
  • By state, private-industry employment accounted for by MOUSAs was highest in Kentucky (8.5 percent), South Carolina (8.3 percent), and New Jersey (8.1 percent).

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